What is today, again?

Naturally, this post should be wishing you all a merry, joyous Christmas ... blah, blah, blah. But notice how it isn't ... That's the point of the blog header that reads, "Merry Christmas." If you all want the warm fuzzies of such a blog post, visit Mike.

My brother informed me this morning that I hadn't updated in over a week. Oops.


This is awkward.

What to write about?

How about, as a Christmas gift to you, my favorite blog reader, I share with you one of my favorite songs? Some of you may be familiar with some of the songs I have written, "China," "Mexico," and the "Naked Song." It's clearly a talent I have. But did you know it runs in the family?

May this song bring you as much joy as it did for I ...

And of course, depending on exactly how mad you are, you can repeat as needed. Doesn't he look cute in his Christmas sweater-vest? :)

Well. Yeah. That's all I've got. The end. :)


Slight exaggeration ...

Sooo ... I said when the blog reached 10,000 customers something really cool would happen ... Uhm, yeah. It's a blog. Exactly how cool could anything be that I could actually do?

I guess the best I can do is award anyone who reads this before 3:07pm on Monday, December 15, 2008 20 golden stars. Leave a comment as evidence. Mmm-k? Maybe this isn't really cool. But I am confident you'll get over it. :)
However, now is time to honor my 10,000 customer.

Haley Wilson Cutler! Woot! Woot!

Haley is super-cool for many reasons. Of course, the top being she reads my blog. ;) Other reasons why she is cool is because: she ran cross country at LHS, she always has the most adorable shoes, she married Cam Cutler {not only was he my across the street neighbor, I always, always wanted him for my little brother}, she is one of the most genuinely nice people you will ever meet, she is funny, she dresses so cute, and technically, my car is named after her and her family!! Here's to YOU, Haley!

In honor of your accomplishment, I am awarding you with 50 golden stars!! AND: just because I am sooo entertained that you arrived at my blog when it was at 9,996 and came back four additional times to be the 10,000 visitor, I am awarding you 10 more!!

Uhm. Okay. The end.


Hmm ... There seems to be some confusion here. There is nothing interesting down here. I know you saw this text, and that's why you're looking. But I think it's only fair to let you know that this whole bit of text will be ultimately unfulfilling. Granted, you might feel that about other things I've written, but this time it's different. I'm not even trying to be interesting here. Just annoying. Honest. So, go read something else. Something more rewarding. A book about chickens, perhaps. I know, chickens may sound boring, but it can't be much worse than reading this prattle ad nauseum, can it? Besides, chickens was just a random example. I don't even know if there are any books about chickens. Well, other than "The Little Red Hen," "Chicken Little," and the novelization of "Chicken Run". But that's not the point. The point is ... uhm, hmm ... What was the point? I forget. Well, anyway, sorry to have thoroughly wasted your time here, and I sincerely hope that you find something more worthwhile to do within the next few minutes or so. {Which is more than I can hope more myself, apparently.}



Who's going to be the 10,000 visitor? Who, I say? A surprise awaits you ... So go check the clicker in the right-hand column and see if it is Y-O-U!!!!


New Mexico ...

This is a little over-due. Oops.

This is what you get when you mix a little New Mexico, with the Basingers, with Thanksgiving ... While reading this, if you feel as though you are experiencing a little deja-vu, don't worry. You're not. You're just thinking about THIS post. :)

I got more photos for my "Waiting for Chance" scrapbook ...

Here Lindsay {Chance's sister, in case any of you forgot} and I wait for Chance as he makes arrangements for his windshield to be fixed.

And if you feel you've seen this photo before, you have. Yes, yet again ... we wait in the Walmart Vision Center for Chance to get his contacts. And yes, chocolate milk Chugs are what helped us survive the wait. Fortunately, this time it was only a 20 minute wait, opposed to the two hour wait in May. :)

On the count of three, everyone say, "Hi, Nat!" ... One, two, three: HI, NAT! This is Chance's friend who made the trip to New Mexico with us this year. He is on BYUSA with Chance ... and here Nat and I get to wait for Chance as he is speaking with a 50-year-old man who is in love with Chance. We waited for probably 20 minutes before I decided to practice my stick-shift driving abilities in Chance's car.

Now, let's move onto my second scrapbook that Chance has been an inspiration to create ... The "Die" scrapbook ...

He still continues to find ways to spell out "DIE" for me {the arrow is pointing towards me}. How sweet.

But, for a first time ... He actually did something nice with the Settlers of Catan pieces.

Sometimes he can be a super nice boy! :)

Speaking of the worst game in the world, Settlers of Catan. I think we played it seven or eight times. Poke.my.eyeballs.out. However, something new and exciting happened this trip home.

Lindsay won for her very first time!!! Do you understand what this means!? She beat Chance!!

And also, Chance let me do this:

... paint the white settlements, cities and roads pink! Can you believe it!? What a guy! I heart him ... Oh, minor detail: to do this, I promised I would play Settlers whenever he wanted and be happy about it! Oh, and actually try to be successful at the game. {Hey, what can I say? After losing 39,487,394,873 times, it's tough to try and remain optimistic. I should take lessons from the USU football team.} :)

Look how cute the pink looks!!! :)

Now, this next thing ... you might want to sit down for ... Take in a deep breath. Are you ready?


After years of pestering, he finally took me up on my offer! SHOCKING.

Here we are after! I am still shocked. :)

On Thanksgiving the Basingers always invite the missionaries over for some grub. I've probably met more missionaries while at their home than at any other time. This Thanksgiving was no different ... Except for one minor detail ... We lied to the missionaries! We led them to believe that all of us {Chance, Lindsay, Me, Nat, and Travis [Chance's other friend]} were all siblings! Plus Chance's two brothers who weren't able to make it! The missionaries thought the Basingers had seven kids between the ages of 18-26!! Haha! The missionaries wanted a photo with the Basingers:

I'm so sure you can see the family resemblance that the missionaries did. :) We meant to tell them on Sunday at church that we weren't all siblings ... But the missionaries had brought some investigators and we didn't want them to think Mormons were LIARS! :)

With the missionaries we also played the most amazing game in the world, Ping-Pong Blow. Chance made it up during some of his BYU VP duties {clearly a productive office} ...

It's a little like Scum in the fact that if the ball gets blown off in your section, you have to go all the way back to the last spot ... And everyone tries to get the top spot. Quite possibly one of the most entertaining games I have ever played.

For my second straight Basinger visit in a row, I attempted to be domestic!

Trying to make homemade tortillas!

"Uh, Chance ... I think you have a little somethin'-somethin' right here on your face ..."

And ...

A little Basinger family love! I love these people oh-so much!

Annnd, the end. :)


Dead or Alive

For peanut M&M larceny

{He may look all super nice, friendly, and potentially cuddly ... that's exactly what he wants you to believe!)}

Aliases: Dan, Danny, James, Danny-boy, Ed, and Arturo Raul Gonzalez


Date of Birth: May 21, 1983 Hair: He has some
Place of Birth: Utah, USA Eyes: Two of them
Weight: We don't know, we've never tried lifting him.
Height: Over five feet, under seven. Sex: Not until he is married.
Race: Caucasian or Hispanic, how can anyone really be that sure?
Occupation: Thief, obviously. Scars or marks: None known
Remarks: Roberts is believed to have had plastic surgery.


The peanut M&M larceny and trafficking led by Roberts is allegedly responsible for the pilfering of countless bags (of all sizes) in 14 different countries. Roberts was placed on the White House Foreign Larceny Kingpin Designation Act list by President George W. Bush in 2007.


The FBI is currently not offering any monies in his capture. However, Mindy is willing to split all redeemed M&M packages with you 50-50.


If you have any information regarding this person, please do not contact your local nor federal law enforcement. Also, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate cannot be bothered with it either.


101 things I am ...

Mama, Style, Brandon, Hillary, Tiffany, Shteve, Bakertino, Babes, Missy-Sissy-Poo-Poo Pants, my clients, my job, Wilson, the people I work with, my new running buddy, all my old running buddies, being able to chat with Em every day, the internet, peanut M&Ms, being able to run, my EFY people, my seminary people, my Provo people, my Salt Lake people, my Logan people, my USU people, my New Mexico people, blessings, the Temple, flowers, things that smell nice, traveling, people who let me stay with them when I travel, USU basketball, post-it notes, space heaters, USU football, texting, people who have blogs, people who update their blogs, the color pink, running shoes, iPod shuffle, contacts, Adriane, toothpaste, good food, cream cheese frosted brownies, treats, sugar, chocolate, chocolate milk, chilled water, ice cubes, air conditioning, blankets, pillows, beds, President Hinckley, President Monson, all the prophets and apostles, teaching, roommates, that the Biggest Loser won't accept my application, flip-flops, home, many friends, my grandparents, my extended family members, laughter, chapstick, every board/card game that is not Settlers of Catan, cute winter coats, Christmas lights, Christmas, mashed potatoes, my cute apartment, the furniture in my apartment, warm clothes, mama's cooking, Tiff's cooking, people who listen, hugs, kisses, things that don't smell like exhaust, honey mustard sauce, gas prices going down, forgiveness, kindness, wit, freedom, the right to vote, America, church callings, teeth, speaking in Sacrament meeting eight times in the past 22 months, love, not getting pulled over by law-enforcement, scriptures, YOU, pens, the Ensign, email, my education, nail clippers, days off of work, memories, the little girls at church in Rexburg, the Gospel, the Spirit, the Atonement, Jesus Christ, and my Heavenly Father.


Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

P.S. That list is in no particular order! :)
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